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Iran announced the start of work of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in the near future

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February 3, negotiations began in the Austrian capital on the renewal of the international nuclear agreement with Iran.

Iran announced the start of work of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in the near future

The Bushehr nuclear power plant will start producing electricity at the second and third power units as soon as possible after negotiations with the Russian side. This was stated on Thursday by Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mahmoud Jafari.

According to a posting on the official website of the AEOI, Jafari stated that the Bushehr nuclear power plant uses uranium to generate electricity, which will save a lot of fuel used to generate thermal energy and reduce environmental pollution.

The Bushehr nuclear power plant is the only nuclear power plant in Iran. The first power unit with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts was put into operation in 2011 with technical support from Russia. The construction of the second block is planned to be completed in 2024, the third block - in 2026, also with the technical support of the Russian side.

Earlier Thursday, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid spoke of the threat to the entire world posed by Iran. “A nuclear Iran threatens not only Israel, but the whole world… The countries of the European trio cannot ignore the threat posed by Iran, apart from its nuclear project. This is Hezbollah in the north, Hamas in the south. Iran is an exporter of terror from Yemen to Buenos Aires,” said Yair Lapid.

President Joe Biden's administration last week announced its desire to lift sanctions imposed by former US leader Donald Trump on Iran's civilian nuclear program. By restoring the sanctions exemption suspended by Trump in 2020, Washington wants to “facilitate” technical discussions at the final stage of negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program in Vienna, according to a US State Department spokesman.

The reinstatement of sanctions exemptions, allowing foreign companies to conduct peaceful nuclear work at some sites in Iran, should help restore the nuclear deal.

Recall that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian Nuclear Program (JCPOA) was signed on July 14, 2015 in Vienna by the Islamic Republic of Iran and a group of countries consisting of the UK, USA, Russia, France, China and Germany, known as the "six" international intermediaries.

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